'Framed' Turns Digital Images into Wall Art

The Internet is full of digital art that would look great on your wall. And while digital photo frames are not revolutionary or new, those are usually fairly small. Japan-based startup FRM is looking to change that. FRM has created FRAMED, a digital canvas for digital artists that comes in 24- or 40-inch models and works with an iOS or Android app.

The HD screens with IPS technology support 16.7 million colors, and according to the company, 180-degree viewing angles. Each one sports a 2.4-GHz quad-core CPU with integrated graphics and supports 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. The 0.7-inch-thick walnut frame around it adds to the traditional art look. Also on the frame, you'll find stereo speaker output, a 720p camera and a mic.

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FRM is currently trying to raise $75,000 via Kickstarter. The first 250 24-inch canvases cost $349, the next 250 will cost $399 and the rest will cost $449. The 40-inch canvas will run you $1,500.

The 24-inch model weighs 5 pounds and the 40-inch model weighs 22 pounds, so you'll need a sturdy wall mounting option. The canvas is also designed with interactive capabilities. If a piece of art is properly designed, users can interact with it via hand gestures, swiping to see more, or from one screen to another. This is thanks to built in motion sensors with gesture recognition.

You can also download a smartphone app that will allow you to swipe art from phone to wall. For art designed for interactivity, you'll also be able to manipulate images using the touch screen on your phone.

The technology supported includes OpenGL, WebGL, DirextX, Java 3D and Three.js. It is compatible with most media types, including GIFs, graphics, Flash, Processing and openFrameworks. You'll be able to grab art from most sites, including Tumblr, Deviantart, Flickr or Pinterest. The company has also built an online store where artists can sell their art to users if desired. Users will be able to buy art directly from the creator, in order to display it.  

The first 50 units are expected to ship in October, but we've seen Kickstarter projects delayed before, so take that with a grain of salt. There are pledge levels that allow backers to receive a digital canvas earlier, to gain beta access to the store or get a custom-color frame for your canvas. Post-Kickstarter pricing hasn't been established yet.

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  • jdog2pt0
    As cool as this sounds, I can only imagine the kind of power consumption something like this will have.
  • virtualban
    Better solution: augmented reality glasses and project your own reality, jungle, space city, heavens or whatever. I don't see a future for these frames, even if they are so they turn on only when being watched. But I see a future when projecting our art-fantasy word choices to our dull reality is the norm.
  • 7amood
    $1500??? There are 40" LCD TVs that cost much less than that...